An empty seat and a love that can withstand the trials of fate…
When Raquelita Muro takes the empty seat on the bus to avoid sitting beside her mother, she doesn’t expect to find the love of her life. But as the hours pass by on the journey from Texas to Florida, Raquelita knows that Matthew Buchanan is the one for her.
Except for fate, the US Military, and an interfering mother stand between the young lovers and their destiny.
Exchanging letters in secret is their only hope as Matthew ships off to Vietnam and Raquelita and her family make a new life for themselves in Florida. And when tragedy strikes they will each be brought to the edge of what they can survive.
The course of true love never did run smooth, but will Matthew and Raquelita find each other again when half a world and an ocean of pain stand between them?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Matthew Buchannan was the inspiration and impetus behind “Destiny’s Plan” a military romance set in 1967-68.
I used to see him at airports in all my journeys — I flew quite a lot — going home, leaving home, and in different parts of the globe. Alone or in a group, he stood out. A young serviceman, travelling on orders, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country. We had a ritual of sorts. I’d nod in passing, a salute of respect on my part, and he’d acknowledge without a fuss. In 2010 everything changed. He must have figured out I was ready to give up life on the road because as I was driving home at 2:00 a.m., he began to demand, loudly, mind you: “What about my story?”
Fate is funny, thus the title, two days after Matthew yelled in my ear, a close friend wondered if I would ever sit down to write a book. She knew I’d dabbled with stories in the past. Kismet in action. And so it began, the rest is history.